Obituaries 04-28-2010

Sarah Medros

Member of many charitable and religious organizations

Sarah G. (Leverant) Medros died on April 26 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She was 89 years old.

Born in Boston, she lived in Chelsea for most of her life. She was educated in the Chelsea schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High. She was a homemaker, a member of Hadassah, the Walnut Street Shule and many other charitable and religious organizations.

She was the beloved wife of the late Harold Medros; the devoted mother of Edward Medros and his wife, Ruth; the loving grandmother of Adam and Jonathan and the loving great grandmother of Nathan and Sadie.

Services will be held at the Torf Funeral Chapel, 151 Washington Ave., Cary Square, Chelsea, Thursday, April 29 at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Lynn. Memorial week will be private. Contributions in her memory may be made to Congregation Agudos Shalom 145 Walnut St. Chelsea, MA 02150. For directions and online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website,


Angelo Celeste

ITAM Revere Commander

Angelo J. "Scungie" Celeste of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on April 27.

A US Postal Service retiree, he was the Commander of ITAM Revere and a US Army Air Force veteran of World War II.

He was the beloved husband of Elvira A. "Vera" (Monterisi) Celeste with whom he shared 67 years of marriage; loving father of Robert Celeste and his wife, Patricia, of Roslindale; dear brother of Vincent J. Celeste of Stoneham, Charles of Florida, Salvatore of West Peabody, Albert of Peabody and the late Mary Piazza, Joseph and Gaetano Celeste; cherished grandfather of Robert A., Marie Christine, Patricia R. and Martin P. Celeste.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, Friday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony’s Church, Revere, at 10 a.m. Family and friends may visit on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery. For directions and guest book,


Jason Ernest Ryan


Graveside services were held on April 23 at Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, West Peabody, for Jason Ryan, the first born child and infant son of Keith J. Ryan and Bujeiris A. "Sue" Cruz-Ryan of Revere who was born on April 15. He was the grandson of Karan Berg of Bedford and Ernesto Cruz and his wife, Alicia Cruz, and Minerva Cruz-Baez, all of Boston; great grandson of Eunice Kriedberg and great grand nephew of Dianne Emerson, both of Revere. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio-Smith Home for Funerals of Revere. Remembrances may be made to your favorite charity.


Alberto Carrion

New Bedford resident

Alberto Carrion of New Bedford, formerly of Mission Hill, died on April 23.

He was the beloved father of Minerva "Minnie" Carrion of Revere and Kenneth "ABJ" Carrion of East Boston; cherished grandfather of Reinaldo Diaz, Makayla Roche, Makenzy Carrion and Junyanie Roche.

The family will receive visitors in The Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St. (Maverick Sq.) East Boston, today, Wednesday, from 6 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with cremation at Woodlawn Crematory, Everett. For online condolences, please visit


Joan Anderson

Of Lynn, longtime resident of Point of Pines

Joan M. Anderson of Lynn died April 22 in a local nursing home after a long illness. She was 79 years old.

Born in Williston, North Dakota and raised in Sidney, Montana, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Nellie (McWilliams) Anderson. Her mother died when she was quite young, and at the age of 11 she came to Massachusetts where she was raised by her Aunt Florence (McWilliams) and Uncle Carl Rizzo.

She was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1949, and was a resident of the Point of Pines section of Revere for most of her life before moving to Lynn a few years ago. She worked as an executive secretary for NYNEX for more than 30 years and then at the former Building 19 in Lynn and also as a lunch aid at the Drewicz School in Lynn. A member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, she was also a member of the Saugus River Watershed Council and the Friends of Rumney Marsh. She enjoyed dining out, trips to the casinos in Connecticut and Atlantic City, her daily Dunkin Donuts coffee, and, most especially, the time she spent with her family and grandchildren.

She is survived by a son, Robert W. "Buzz" Anderson, and his wife, Lisa (Melanson) Anderson, of Lynn; a sister, Marlene Thompson, of Oregon, her brother and sister from the Rizzo family, Carl Rizzo, of Chelmsford, and Marguerite Rizzo, of Revere; two grandchildren, Lindsey Anderson Joseph and Erica Anderson, both of Lynn, and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Robert, Sabino Rizzo and Carolyn Thorne.

A Memorial Service will be held in the SOLIMINE LANDERGAN AND RICHARDSON FUNERAL HOME, 426 BROADWAY (RTE129), LYNN, on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours on Saturday are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Directions and guestbook at


Gail Fisher

Former employee of Rite Aid Pharmacy, Revere

Gail F. Fisher of Revere lost her two year battle with cancer on April 21. She was 56 years old.

Formerly employed at Rite Aid Pharmacy in Revere, she was born in Everett, the daughter of her loving mother Frances T. Fisher and her late father, Arthur W. Fisher Sr. She was the long time loving companion of Lawrence Banks of Revere; the devoted and loving mother of Jason and Scott Banks of Revere and also leaves five brothers, Kevin and his wife, Shirley, of South Weymouth, Arthur Jr. and his wife, Linda Ciampa, of Dover, NH, Robert of Tewksbury and David and Keith, both of Revere. as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and cousins. She will be greatly missed.

Cremation followed by a memorial service is being planned and will be announced shortly.


James Rowe Fowlie

Helped Design First US Linear Accelerator Control System

James Rowe Fowlie of Tampa, Florida died on April 22. He was 80 years old.

Mr. Fowlie was born in Boston, graduated from Wentworth Institute and attended Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I. He was a Mason at the Excelsior Lodge in Franklin, Mass.

Mr. Fowlie was part of the team that designed the Control System for the first Linear Accelerator in the United States. Later in his career, he worked as a Controls Engineer and then as a Territorial Sales Manager in the heating and air conditioning industry. He was also a member of the Grace Episcopal Church in Tampa and a veteran of the US Army Air Corps from 1947 to 1950.

Survivors include his loving wife, Marilyn Fowlie of Tampa, Fla.; daughter, Victoria Graves and her husband, John, of Temple Terrace, Fla.; sister, Sue Budreau and her husband, William, of Winthrop; grandchildren, Nathan and Alexandra Gardner and Andrew and Rebecca Graves.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, May 2 at Grace Episcopal Church, 15102 Amberly Drive, Tampa, Fla., 33647. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the music ministry at Grace Episcopal Church. Words of comfort may be expressed at


Anthony Coiro

Of Boxford, formerly of Revere

Anthony Coiro, formerly of Revere, died in Boxford on April 25.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Mary (Prizio) Coiro; devoted father of Louis and his wife, Patricia, of Revere, Michael of Florida, Anthony and his wife, Beverly, of Lynn, Connie Ennamorati and her husband, Stephen, of Revere, Joseph and his partner, Joseph, of North Carolina, Maria Messina and her husband, Anthony, of Boxford and Andrew of Florida; dear brother of Samuel of Woburn, Louise Madrid of New Hampshire, Louis of Tewksbury, Angela Toomajian of Florida and the late Rose Olsen and Carmella Lockey. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere, today, Wednesday, April 28 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923.


Constance ‘Connie’ Ballerene

Former owner of Bayberry Antiques of Cape Cod

Constance "Connie" (Mantica) Ballerene of Lynn, formerly of Orient Heights, East Boston, Centerville and Newton, died on April 24 after a brief illness at the Jewish Rehabilitation Center of Swampscott . She was 93 years old.

The former proprietor and operator of Bayberry Antiques of Cape Cod, she was born in East Boston on June 14, 1916 and lived there for many years before moving to Newton. In 1970, she and her late husband moved to Centerville, MA where she opened "Bayberry Antiques" of Cape Cod. She continued running her business until 1000 when she sold her business and moved to Lynn.

She was the wife of the late Louis F.; beloved sister of Grace Lennon of Walpole and the late Ann Dagle, Mary Amicangioli, Leo, Augostino, Domenic and Robert Mantica and is also lovingly survived by her sister in law, Claire Mantica of Woburn and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was at Mosswood Cemetery, Barnstable. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis TN 38105.


Brian Walles

Charlestown resident

Brian M. Walles of Charlestown died suddenly on April 24.

He was the beloved son of Albert R. "Sonny" and the late Helen E. (Dineen) Walles; loving brother of Albert Walles of Revere, Kevin Walles of Charlestown, Edythe "De De" Atkins of Chelsea, Margaret Collins and Patricia Walles, both of Everett, David Walles of Agawam, Martin Walles of Somerville, and the late Cathleen Butler and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be from The John H. Sawyer Funeral Home, 329 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown today, Wednesday, April 28 at 9:10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The American Heart Assoc., 20 Speen St., Framingham MA 01701 or The American Diabetes Association , 330 Congress St., Boston MA 02210.


Carrie Gianatasio

Medford resident

Carrie L. (Pierce) Gianatasio of Medford died on April 23. She was 55 years old.

The beloved wife of Kevin S. Gianatasio, she was the loving mother of Gregory P. LaValle of New Hampshire, Rita L. LaValle of Medford, Eric S. LaValle of Hampton, NH, Daniel W. LaVelle of Saugus and Ruth I. Gianatasio of Revere; devoted sister of Darlyne R. and her husband, Douglas Rodgers, of Medford, she is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Beals-Geake-Magliozzi Funeral Home, Medford. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. For additional information, please visit,


Shazi Mataj


Shazi Mataj of Lynn died suddenly at home on April 21. He was 74 years old.

After coming from Albania 18 years ago, he was an electrician for various contractors.

Born in Albania, he was the son of the late Salikha (Oopeku) Mataj and is survived by one son, Tony Mataj of Revere; two daughters, Garta Mutaj of WInhrop, Branka Mataj of Danvers and one sister, Malaise Koka of Albania. He was the brother of the late Dusham Mataz, Rose Memushi and Hadila Varai and the grandfather of three.

Private services were held at the Parker Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery.


Frances Ferullo

Of Medford, formerly of the North End

Frances C. (DiMino) Ferullo of Medford, formerly of Everett and Boston’s North End, died on April 18.

She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony Ferullo; devoted mother of Nancy Ferullo and her fiancé, Francis, of Medford, Susan Ferullo of Medford, Anthony Ferullo and his wife, Theresa, of New Hampshire, Michael Ferullo and his wife, Michelle, of Dracut, Richard Ferullo and his wife, Denise, of Wilmington, John Ferullo and his fiancé, Frances, of Medford; loving grandmother of Theresa, Janine, Melinda, Mikayla, Richard and Nicholas and loving great grandmother of Anthony Botelho. She was the dear sister of Lucy Lemmi and her husband, Al, of Medford, Salvatore DiMino of Boston, Anthony DiMino of Billerica, Joseph DiMino of Revere and the late Bobby, James, Vito and Mario DiMino.

Funeral arrangements were by the Della Russo Funeral Home, Medford. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society , 30 Speen Street, Framingham MA. 01801. For obituary and guestbook, please visit:


Vittorio DeSimone

Owned Vic’s Stadium Mobile of Everett

Vittorio DeSimone of Revere died on April 22. He was 68 years old.

He was the proprietor of Vic’s Stadium Mobile, Everett.

Born in Italy, he was the beloved husband of Alba (Recupero) DeSimone of Revere; devoted father of Anthony A. DeSimone and his wife, Cheryl, of Wakefield, Rosana DeSimone of Saugus and Vittorio DeSimone Jr. and wife, Sheri, of Revere; dear brother of Alessio DeSimone and Ismaele Antonio DeSimone of Italy; cherished grandfather of Alana, Alyssa, Nicholas, Skyla and Vittorio.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Woodlawn Mausoleum. For guestbook and/or flowers please visit:


Anthony Alba, MD

Retired Opthalmologist

Anthony Alba MD of Revere, formerly of Winchester and Winthrop, died on April 20. He was in his 92nd year.

A retired opthamologist and eye surgeon in Woburn, he was a member of the Mass Medical Society and the Naval Reserves.

He was the beloved husband of the late Josephine M. (D’Amore) Alba with whom he shared 50 years of marriage; cherished son of the late Biagio and Cologera (Montalbano) Alba; loving father of Beverly Alba of Winthrop, Cynthia Alba and Bruce Alba, both of Saugus, and the late Mark Alba; dear brother of the late Mary Alba King; cherished grandfather of Laura and Russell Alba; uncle of Santa Amico of Fitchburg.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood " Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Dr. Alba’s name to The Woburn Host Lion’s Club, PO BOX 81, Woburn MA 01801. For guest book


Mary Theresa Davis

Of North Weymouth, formerly of East Boston

Mary Theresa (Ducey) Davis of North Weymouth, formerly of East Boston, died on April 18. She was 65 years old.

She was the beloved wife of 45 years to Charles Gerard "Jerry" Davis; loving and devoted mother of Renee M. Egan married to Vernon of Scituate, Michelle J. Wolf of Sandwich, Charlene D. Joyce married to Billy of Hingham and Jessica D. Huettner married to Kirk of LaQuinta, CA; loving sister of Joan Guidaboni and Loretta Long, both of New Hampshire, Gail Ducey of Revere and the late Barbara Zelandi of East Boston; proud Nana to Leah, Nick, Rebecca, Bridget, Rose, Catherine and Hilary.

Funeral arrangements were by the North Weymouth McDonald Funeral Home. Burial was in the Fairmount Cemetery, E. Weymouth. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association at

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